Mei-Shu Li, Relaxing on a Holiday, 1982. Oil on canvas.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the CHIMEI Arts Award, CHIMEI Museum specially invited Professor Chong-Ray Hsiao as the curator of Hyperrealism Art in Taiwan, an exhibition based on fine realism of Modern Taiwan . The so-called “jinwei sieshih” is a form and concept of artistic creation based on the “photo-realism” or “hyperrealism” in the West. Through techniques that leave few traces of artists’ personal traits in brushstroke application or textural treatment, fine realism demonstrates a kind of precise and detail-oriented spirit of realism, even transcending what meets the eyes in the real world and giving forms and shapes to imagination beyond the reality.
The 100-year development of realism in Taiwan has gone through different in which different realist styles were developed. Now in the 21st century, the realist art in Taiwan is blossoming with rich and diverse facets. This exhibition will demonstrate the development of Taiwanese art in realism over the past century since the artist Tu-Shui Huang. Mainly featuring paintings and sculptural works, this exhibition will be divided into four thematic sections: “Humanity”, “Still-life”, “Landscape” and “Dream”. It is hoped that through the selection of a hundred realist works of art from different generations in Taiwan, visitors will be able to witness how artists have used their keen observation and mastery of techniques to create lifelike works rich in the unique rhetoric of their times. It is also hoped that this exhibition will inspire aspiring artists to fulfill their potential and explore the prospects of realist art in Taiwan.